Quiet the mind and the soul will speak…Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Very true, just sitting quietly and freeing your thoughts is remarkably calming. I need calm, having retired, I feel the need for calm and also solitude at times ..not because I am angry, or mad at someone but just because I value time and now I have time to do that…it energises me and gets my thoughts flowing.

Living in Thailand has taught me to be calmer and there is no lovelier place to do so….it may be at the beach under the shade of a palm tree, or in my quiet space at home or just walking…

Meditation is a part of daily life here. Most homes and places of business feature a ” Spirit House” just outside the building. If you have a new business Thais always get it blessed by monks before it opens and that includes large corporate companies like Tesco Lotus, Makro they all have an opening ceremony around the Spirit House. A new house or car is always blessed by monks for good luck

Monks-blessing-house.Thailand

 

This picture is typical of a Thai House being blessed. The monks come and the food is provided for them, they sit and eat with the family and bless the house… this is generally done before any furniture is bought into the house.

All my gardens here have had a spirit house except for this one which has a prayer room…

Diet, while trying to be mindful of what I eat I am discovering that vegetables are one of the ways to go and being aware. I had thought for many years that grain fed beef was good for you, however, I have changed that view as in these days of GM foods etc Grain fed doesn’t hold any attraction for me.

It seems like the quick way to fatten the calf so to speak whereas grass-fed obviously take longer to mature without additives so that’s the route I am taking. Seriously looking at where my food is made and raised and eating a diet filled with lots of veggies and raw to boot or very, very lightly steamed in some cases..so I am following the Thai way of eating as much as I can… I do think my taste buds have changed since living here or maybe it is the advancing years…

What way of eating are you following?

There are so many ways of eating and I suppose I incorporate a bit of many and advocate healthy eating with little or no processed foods ….. A typical Thai meal would be like this one pictured…

Fish- soup- STICKY -RICE

 

The fish is called Batu and is very similar to mackerel it is quite an oily fish, this fish is also used for a dip like the one in the middle of the dish it is pounded together with chillies, lime also Nam Pla or crab is sometimes added which is an acquired taste…I am getting to not like it as such but can eat in small amounts…lol

Vegetables are varied and include long beans, white cabbage, cucumber, cauliflower, Thai basil, Grapow, banana flower, flower heads of which I don’t know the proper names many are collected before the sun comes up, the flowers drop off overnight,  they are lightly streamed after having removed stamen and eaten. Various vegetables some easily recognised as being eaten worldwide and others not so common to me…Much is still foraged for here as are many mushrooms although I tend to steer clear of any which I don’t recognise. Some I recognise many I still don’t …Some I have tried and like and others I find very bitter… This soup I was shown how to make when I visited a family village it was very nice…

Melientha Soup

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/authentic-thai-village-soup/

The nose to tail eating is also followed here especially here in the North, Spinal cord soup, intestines, stomach every part… Those I have passed on they just don’t appeal to me I suppose that is my western palate kicking in… Although thinking back over the years my mum used to cook pigs trotters and the like so was that so very different and tripe is still eaten by many…

Ants eggs I have tried and like… they have a lemony taste and make a nice salad…

ant egg salad

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/some-of-thailands-most-unusual-foods/

Thai’s are always eating as most of the meals contain lots of vegetables which don’t fill you up for long, very little dairy is eaten with the main carbs being rice, sweet potato, yams but many meals as above are just fish and vegetables…lots of them… every meal in any restaurant comes with a plate of fresh or lightly steamed vegetables as the norm… which is healthy and the diet generally is a healthy one as MS is also not as widely used as it once was.

Well, that’s it for now stay safe, laugh a lot and be mindful …

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend I hope you have a lovely Sunday and the weather is kind to you xxx

 

26 thoughts on “Quiet the mind and the soul will speak…Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

  1. susieshy45

    Hi
    I never knew the Thai eat a lot of vegetables and so they have to eat frequently. I thought their diet was rice based.
    Got to know lots from your post. I am trying to do keto – started yesterday.
    I am not very fond of meat but have to grow to life it or I will cave.
    I wish I could have a little of that lovely rice.
    Susie

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    1. Carol Post author

      Hi, Susie well, yes they do eat rice and it is a staple of their diet but they also eat lots of veg/herbs and much of it raw or just lightly steamed ..I myself each far more veg/herbs than I have ever eaten and mainly raw every meal and takeaway comes with a bag of fresh vegetables and herbs…I love that rice… can you buy it where you live?although I would imagine it would be expensive Carol 🙂

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    1. Carol Post author

      I am sure you could find one online or even build your own…Many people have quite large ones which they have bought but also many people build their own with maybe a tree stump and they add candles, photos, nicknacks always a drink and a plate/dish of food for Buddha normally fruit. I see them everywhere when out walking tucked in little corners…I think it is lovely that so many lay their faith bare for all to see… Colourful scarves tied around trees people are very inventive here…I love it 🙂 I hope you get or make your own spirit house Colleen 🙂 xxx

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    1. Carol Post author

      Thank you, Debbie …I know you really have to watch what food you buy now, don’t you? Even here as many farmers now use pesticides which is why we grow much of our food and rice so we know it is ok… 🙂 xxx

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      1. dgkaye

        Yes Carol, I do have to watch everything I eat, kind of a drag but I’m used to it now. And yes the pesticides are a scary thing. I do buy many things organic but it’s so expensive. I try to follow the same rule as Sally uses – be good for 80% of the time. We can only do our best. 🙂 xx

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    I like my quiet time too Carol and will spend 20 minutes a day getting rid of the clutter.. the new research on the grass fed vs. grain fed beef and dairy is actually very interesting. Of the two types of vitamin K.. K2 is only provided via grass fed dairy, cheese and meat… and also free range chickens and their eggs that have not been housed and fed grain.K2 is essential and is one of the vitamins on the danger list with mass farming and the move corn and grain fed. Terrific post hugsxxx

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    1. Carol Post author

      Thank you, Sally… It is getting harder even here as many farmers use pesticides now which is why we grow most of our food now and rice as we know it is clean so to speak… but it is a minefield out there isn’t it? Hugs xxx

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      1. Carol Post author

        I think it is scary… So many unscrupulous manufacturers we ought to boycott them big time…I should have been a suffragette maybe I was in a past life …lol Hugs xxxx

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  4. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    I enjoy quiet time, and meditate often. I used to do it every day, but got out of the habit. It’s a habit I want to get back in to.

    As I said in the post I did for you recently, I’m a vegetarian. I’ll eat eggs and dairy products, as well as honey, but otherwise avoid animal products. I won’t pretend I don’t eat processed foods sometimes. But I do like to make most things from scratch.

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    1. Carol Post author

      That’s good Tori and as long as we don’t beat ourselves up about it ..It is all about moderation…I follow 80%-20% most of the time 🙂

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